Al Hilal draws in AFC Champions League in Neymar’s first time as a starter

The Brazilian was not very successful during the match
Josué Seixas
2023-09-19 15:24:27

Neymar made his Asian Champions League debut on Monday for his new club Al Hilal in the opening Group D match against Navbahor Namangan of Uzbekistan. However, his side were held to a 1-1 draw.

The match almost went badly for Neymar who could have been sent off for a gesture of humor during the second half. At that point, Al Hilal was trailing 1-0. But the referee only gave him a yellow card.


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Neymar joined Al Hilal this summer from PSG for a fee estimated at 90 million euros.

Despite the domination of Al Hilal who had far more shots on goal than his opponent, it was Navbahor who opened the scoring on his first opportunity on the counter-attack. Frustration then began to take hold of Neymar, who ended up not having a good game.

Fortunately for Al Hilal and Neymar, the team equalized in added time thanks to a headed goal. Neymar will surely be keen to finally shine for the next meeting on October 3 away in Iran, in order to best launch his new adventure in the Asian Champions League.